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Jasmina Cibic: Spielraum


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Edited by Jasmina Cibic and Una Popović.

Contributors: Anna Gritz, Róna Kopeczky, Una Popović, Dubravka Sekulić, Jelena Vesić, Alessandro Vincentelli, What, How & for Whom (WHW), and Giovanna Zapperi.


Spielraum is a publication about Jasmina Cibic’s latest work, developed with the Ludwig Museum, Budapest; the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade.

Cibic is known for her investigation of how art and architecture are utilised as soft power strategies in the enterprise of nation building. Her works often gather and restage found materials that are in some way infused by the spectre of political ideology but that have, over time, changed in their performative function as enforcers of state identity.

The title of the project is drawn from an essay by Karl Kraus, in which he vehemently opposes the use of decoration in both language and architecture. In this multidisciplinary work, Cibic takes Kraus’s concept of 'Spielraum' as a lens through which to examine strategies of nation building by political figures and establishments via the use of linguistic and visual decoration, with particular focus on the first summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade, in 1961.

The book is published in partnership with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; with the support of Museum of Yugoslavia; Esker Foundation; Collection Mihael Šutalo; and Waddington Studios, London.


ISBN 978-3-95476-254-5

296 pages, hardcover

250 illustrations

28 x 23 cm


Additional information

Weight 1.8 kg
Dimensions 23 × 28 × 4 cm